I was going to have some kind of fanfare music playing in the background, but then thought it may be a little too much considering I have only been ‘away’ for two weeks. I’ve decided to go for a more subtle first-time-back post.
‘Away’ isn’t exactly true either. Yes, I’ve not posted anything for several days now, and I haven’t really commented on other blogs that I visit, but I have briefly kept myself up to date with things.
The notifications have changed, and I’m now being notified whenever a spam message is left for me, which is quite handy as all I need to do is go to my dashboard and delete them… although one day I had about thirty to delete. I’m not even going into what they were on about, they weren’t my regular sort of spam… not very user friendly! And one spammer actually managed to breach security and put a message in my moderation queue for one of my posts. That one was quickly flagged as spam and then deleted… although I received many more comments from this account over the days.
During my little away time, I went to Azerbaijan to watch the Eurovision Song Contest, which was very good once again, although the voting always makes me smile. And we in the United Kingdom came second. From last, second from last, but hey! I also went back in time and watched the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest, where only sixteen countries took part, the voting was completely different as to how it is nowadays, and the event had more of a gala feel to it. Bob and John Allison (I think they said) represented the UK back then, and they didn’t win either. The 1961 contest, the first ever to be performed on a Saturday night as it happens, was held in Cannes, and won by Luxembourg.
Another difference I noticed is that the contestants, dressed up to the nines in dinner wear, introduced themselves before the singing began. And going back to the voting, Luxembourg awarded the UK eight points, sending us into an early lead as they were the third country to announce their votes. The UK, incidentally, had been the second country to vote and hadn’t awarded Luxembourg any points… The voting was purely done by jury in those days, telephone voting hadn’t been thought up back then, and SMS voting wasn’t even a figment of anyone’s imagination. Each jury member could award one point to their favourite song, and there were ten members on the jury, so one country could have received all of the points if the jury voted that way… however, the results, as this way of voting, are now history.
Televoting was first introduced in the Eurovision in 1997, which, coincidentally, was the last year the UK won the contest. However, over time, and due to complaints from many participants of bloc-voting, the jury returned, meaning the votes are now split 50/50 between televotes and jury. Bloc-voting still exists, but it’s deemed more ‘acceptable’ this way.
So, there we have it… spam messages, European politics (I’m not at all politically political) and time travel make up my first-time-back post. I’ll be back with more random waffle soon!